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THE FEAR OF SUCCESS

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Unlike much of the psychoanalytic drivel that appears these days, Tec's thesis-that most people fear to succeed even more than they fear to fail, because success means change and that's frightening--contains a measure of common sense. There's the writer, certain he's a fraud in spite of consistently good reviews; the child, afraid to compete with his brother because he doesn't want to beat him and rock their good relationship; the corporation head who feels uneasy having triumphed over so many others on his way up; the 'Peter Pan Syndrome' (fear of becoming an adult). Once those fears can be recognized for what they are, says the author, they can be dealt with. A rather human glimpse, then, at the competitive human condition by a psychiatrist who's able to combine logic, charm, and some insight to make the whole muddle come up palatable.

Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 1976
Publisher: Reader's Digest-dist. by T. Y. Crowell